The Dating Game

Happy Saturday Readers,

As you know that this blog is about healthy living so just about any topic you can think of would qualify as a topic to discuss on this blog.  Including dating or shall I say dating in your 50s.

Who remembers the Dating Game Show that aired on ABC from the 1960s to 1980s? The show was created by Chuck Barris and hosted by Jim Lange and others.  The premise of the show was that a bachelorette/bachelor would ask a series of questions to three hidden people of the opposite sex and pick one when the time ran out to go out on a date paid for by ABC.    Sounds like fun, right?

Fast forward to the year 20XX and shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette airing on prime time TV allow the single girl/guy to offer a wedding proposal from a pool of 25 of eligible contestants. Final contestants travel to exotic locations around the world and engage in dramatic, creative, wild, romantic and fun activities (bungee jumping, helicopter rides, kissing the Blarney Stone upside down… you get the picture) as part of the getting to know each other stage of the relationship with expenses paid for by the production company .  Also sounds like fun, right?

Let me tell you, that dating is not that simple in real life.  Since I opened my heart in the summer of 2017 to the possibility of dating again I learned that meeting a person organically is almost non existent unless you are bar hopping every night or have friends that have lots of single and eligible friends.  I have  learned that in the real life world at the age of 52 you meet eligible bachelors at online dating sites such as Match.com, POF.com, Eharmony, Tinder to name a few.

I’m sure most of you know how online dating sites work unless you have been living under a rock.  Select your dating site(s), upload a photo(s) that you think you look really really good in, answer a few multiple choice questions about the type of match you are looking for, write a personalized profile advertising how awesome, fun and great you are and hit enter to publish.

Easy peasy, right? Not exactly.  Online dating is like you have been arrested and are standing in a police line up but instead of the eye witness picking a suspect they are picking potential prospects to date as the pictures of allegedly single people or personalized matches the dating site picked for you flash across whatever electronic device /app you are using.  Then it’s trial, error(s), waiting game to find that special connection to spark and light up your in box before you decide to take it to the next level and exchange your real name and telephone number.

Let’s hit the pause button for now…. because there is lots to talk about regarding my experiences with online dating and I will be sharing some fun(ny) stories about what it is like to date in your 50s using an online dating app/website.

Now for the comments…… Tell, tell… I am interested in your thoughts about the online dating world.